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« on: May 21, 2011, 01:07:37 AM »

So, they have a website but no contact information except meeting time/location. Just curious if anyone has any idea how I can get some contact information. I may be getting married in July (not sure the month) while my gf is on leave, and if it happens, I will be moving there. My concern is I do not want to have to leave CAP, and we may be in Japan 2 years (which I believe means I will need to redo everything if I am a non-member 2 years). Would be nice to move to the base with the new wife and also remain in CAP... Any advice/information that can help?
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« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2011, 01:36:14 AM »

Contact Maj Brian  "Irish" Porter brian.porter@yokota.af.mil He is with the 374th OSS and can probably help you out. He is with IL Group 1 as well. Good people him and his family.
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« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2011, 01:41:11 AM »

You don't need to leave CAP. Become a patron member, or arrange with your unit to stay on the rolls while you are out of the country. As long as your leadership is in the loop, you shouldn't have any problems.

The Yokota unit has been on-again, off-again for a long time. Sometimes it's a booming squadron, like when I was in 113 up in Misawa, and other times, it's almost dead. Have you looked in the eServices unit directory? It's so-so current.

Good luck.
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« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2011, 01:41:55 AM »

Contact Maj Brian  "Irish" Porter brian.porter@yokota.af.mil He is with the 374th OSS and can probably help you out. He is with IL Group 1 as well. Good people him and his family.

Awesome, my gf is there now, so I can always have her run over there is need be and get some contact information. This is VERY helpful though. I have been looking everywhere. Sad thing, I am already working with her first shirt to have her as a guest speaker on her leave. you have no idea how much this is helps.
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« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2011, 01:44:01 AM »

You don't need to leave CAP. Become a patron member, or arrange with your unit to stay on the rolls while you are out of the country. As long as your leadership is in the loop, you shouldn't have any problems.

The Yokota unit has been on-again, off-again for a long time. Sometimes it's a booming squadron, like when I was in 113 up in Misawa, and other times, it's almost dead. Have you looked in the eServices unit directory? It's so-so current.

Good luck.

I had not looked into the patron side. I realize the benefit, however, I very much want to stay active in the ES sides of things (hence why I joined), so patron would only save me from losing everything. However, I have to admit, I tried looking on EServ and I will be honest, it confuses me a lot. So many links, so many of them I will never use.
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« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2011, 01:45:28 AM »

Glad I could help.
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« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2011, 02:01:35 AM »

Also, Irish is now Lt Col. My bad.
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« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2011, 02:12:32 AM »

For the OP - you will be unable to do much of anything in ES while in an OS squadron. It's CP all the way. In Misawa, we managed a couple of first aid classes, and helped out the AF by being "victims" at a couple of their exercises, but that was about it. We also managed a small encampment one year, too, with folks from Misawa, Yokota, and Okinawa.
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« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2011, 02:15:07 AM »

For the OP - you will be unable to do much of anything in ES while in an OS squadron. It's CP all the way. In Misawa, we managed a couple of first aid classes, and helped out the AF by being "victims" at a couple of their exercises, but that was about it. We also managed a small encampment one year, too, with folks from Misawa, Yokota, and Okinawa.

I gathered as much, however, for our time in Japan I am mostly just hoping to keep up my quals. I figure when we come stateside then I will be able to do more ES. I just do not want to lose my quals. Thank g-d I was army though, least I am use to the military life.
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« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2011, 02:31:47 AM »

Unless you have available people, there is no way to get SQTRs signed off. I suggest that you get as much updated just before you leave, so your three year clock starts as late as possible. I don't know of any other way to stay in qual.
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« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2011, 02:34:04 AM »

Unless you have available people, there is no way to get SQTRs signed off. I suggest that you get as much updated just before you leave, so your three year clock starts as late as possible. I don't know of any other way to stay in qual.

Well, AD still get 30 days leave a year. When she comes to visit her family I guess I would always find a squadron doing ES or hit up NESA every couple years. :D
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« Reply #11 on: July 22, 2011, 01:26:27 AM »

Greetings all!

I just noticed this thread. We don't have an email address for posting as a POC for our unit yet, but I think we will soon. Probably it will be .....@yokotacap.com.

We are still rebuilding the squadron, so many facets of the operation are still coming together. I hope to see you, and anyone inerested in the Yokota CAP at one of our weekly meetings!

v/r,

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« Reply #12 on: July 22, 2011, 01:36:14 AM »

I will be on leave for two weeks, but if you are also intersested in doing something this weekend, some members of the squadron will be trying to do some Cadet Orientation Flights...

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« Reply #13 on: July 23, 2011, 01:07:58 AM »

Nice write up about the "Tokyo Patrol" in the new Volunteer magazine. My friend, Lt Col Brian "Irish" Porter, is also mentioned in the article and is apparently the DC/S and Ops Officer. Hope the OP got in contact with this unit.
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« Reply #14 on: July 23, 2011, 02:32:44 AM »

Are you working in cadet programs or with cadets at the moment?
Overseas squadrons are something unique in CAP, the primary mission of CAP overseas squadrons are to support cadet programs.
It's outlined in CAP Regulation 35-4  "OVERSEAS CADET SQUADRONS" which covers a lot about overseas squadrons.

The primary job for senior members is to support the cadet programs.

If there are ES stuff you need signed off, I agree get them signed off now because getting current overseas might prove very difficult, for example, training funds are not available for overseas units, and most exercises are limited to base only. 
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« Reply #15 on: July 23, 2011, 02:47:21 AM »

As a former member of an OS unit (NHQ-113, in Misawa, Japan), I can tell you that ES training opportunities are essentially non-existent. You might be able to do book learning stuff, but the practical application part will suffer greatly. In addition, para 7.a. states: "There will be no emergency services mission and no CAP corporate aircraft assigned."
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« Reply #16 on: July 23, 2011, 11:50:17 AM »

Hi, I will be passing through Japan on a trip in the near future. It would be great to stop by one of the Squadron's meetings.
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« Reply #17 on: July 25, 2011, 05:16:29 AM »

And the next person that asks me why I haven't started an overseas cadet squadron on Kwajalein is going to get shot!  ;D
 
While we have a decent population of school-age kids, current CAP regulations only allow the formation of overseas cadet squadrons at Air Force installations. (We're an Army installation, but the green-suit population is only about a dozen; the inmates - ahem, civilian contractors - run the asylum.) Most contract tours are for one or two years, though some have extended their contracts for years.
I could talk informally with the new National Commander when I'm at NSC in October but there's no guarantee that any change to the regulations will happen.
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« Reply #18 on: July 25, 2011, 07:08:25 PM »

And the next person that asks me why I haven't started an overseas cadet squadron on Kwajalein is going to get shot!  ;D
 
While we have a decent population of school-age kids, current CAP regulations only allow the formation of overseas cadet squadrons at Air Force installations. (We're an Army installation, but the green-suit population is only about a dozen; the inmates - ahem, civilian contractors - run the asylum.) Most contract tours are for one or two years, though some have extended their contracts for years.
I could talk informally with the new National Commander when I'm at NSC in October but there's no guarantee that any change to the regulations will happen.

I wonder if you could get with HIWG and form a squadron/flight under them.

That is how the Virgin Island Squadron got formed (under PRWG). 

If the rules don't fit.......find a work around....:)
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« Reply #19 on: July 25, 2011, 07:19:47 PM »

Yes but the VI's are US territories.  The RMI is an independent nation, and travelling to staff meetings would be problematic...
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« Reply #20 on: July 25, 2011, 09:53:41 PM »

HIWG is set up for the island structure - and we have a call-in teleconference number for staff meetings.
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« Reply #21 on: July 26, 2011, 05:32:17 AM »

Yes but the VI's are US territories.  The RMI is an independent nation, and travelling to staff meetings would be problematic...

Exactimundo! As a civilian contractor, I can't fly on the AMC charter (Air Transport International) unless I'm traveling on TDY orders, medical emergency/referral or PCS. (Unless one is blessed with retired military status.) Flying to Honolulu is an expensive proposition, and 'Unitednental' is the only game in town. ($1300 for a round trip ticket ain't nothing to sneeze at!). Plus the only flight out (three times weekly) gets to Hono at 3:30 in the morning.
 
The time difference between Hawaii and the Marshall Islands isn't too bad - we're two hours behind them and since we cross the international date line, it's the following day. Teleconferences shouldn't be a problem - we are connected via satellite to a local exchange in California (Camp Roberts), so it's not an international call. But the NTA (RMI National Telecom Authority) demands its beak be wetted - outgoing calls off island incur a 7 cents per minute surcharge.
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« Reply #22 on: July 26, 2011, 06:38:16 AM »

And the next person that asks me why I haven't started an overseas cadet squadron on Kwajalein is going to get shot!  ;D
 
While we have a decent population of school-age kids, current CAP regulations only allow the formation of overseas cadet squadrons at Air Force installations. (We're an Army installation, but the green-suit population is only about a dozen; the inmates - ahem, civilian contractors - run the asylum.) Most contract tours are for one or two years, though some have extended their contracts for years.
I could talk informally with the new National Commander when I'm at NSC in October but there's no guarantee that any change to the regulations will happen.

I wonder if you could get with HIWG and form a squadron/flight under them.

That is how the Virgin Island Squadron got formed (under PRWG). 

If the rules don't fit.......find a work around....:)

You're missing the point Pat. The USVI are American territory, just like Puerto Rico. Kwajalien is part of the Federated States of Micronesia.
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« Reply #23 on: July 26, 2011, 06:57:32 AM »

And the next person that asks me why I haven't started an overseas cadet squadron on Kwajalein is going to get shot!  ;D
 
While we have a decent population of school-age kids, current CAP regulations only allow the formation of overseas cadet squadrons at Air Force installations. (We're an Army installation, but the green-suit population is only about a dozen; the inmates - ahem, civilian contractors - run the asylum.) Most contract tours are for one or two years, though some have extended their contracts for years.
I could talk informally with the new National Commander when I'm at NSC in October but there's no guarantee that any change to the regulations will happen.

I wonder if you could get with HIWG and form a squadron/flight under them.

That is how the Virgin Island Squadron got formed (under PRWG). 

If the rules don't fit.......find a work around.... :)

You're missing the point Pat. The USVI are American territory, just like Puerto Rico. Kwajalien is part of the Federated States of Micronesia.

Nope... Kwajalein is part of the Republic of the Marshall Islands. The Federated States of Micronesia consists of Kosrae, Pohnpei, Chuuk (Truk) and Yap.
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« Reply #24 on: July 26, 2011, 09:17:16 AM »



You're missing the point Pat. The USVI are American territory, just like Puerto Rico. Kwajalien is part of the Federated States of Micronesia.

Read the regs... not much in the way of a loophole there.  And you're a lowlife contractor besides! :-)

I can say that, I've been the lowlife contractor myself!
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« Reply #25 on: July 26, 2011, 03:20:09 PM »

And the next person that asks me why I haven't started an overseas cadet squadron on Kwajalein is going to get shot!  ;D
 
While we have a decent population of school-age kids, current CAP regulations only allow the formation of overseas cadet squadrons at Air Force installations. (We're an Army installation, but the green-suit population is only about a dozen; the inmates - ahem, civilian contractors - run the asylum.) Most contract tours are for one or two years, though some have extended their contracts for years.
I could talk informally with the new National Commander when I'm at NSC in October but there's no guarantee that any change to the regulations will happen.

I wonder if you could get with HIWG and form a squadron/flight under them.

That is how the Virgin Island Squadron got formed (under PRWG). 

If the rules don't fit.......find a work around.... :)

You're missing the point Pat. The USVI are American territory, just like Puerto Rico. Kwajalien is part of the Federated States of Micronesia.

Nope... Kwajalein is part of the Republic of the Marshall Islands. The Federated States of Micronesia consists of Kosrae, Pohnpei, Chuuk (Truk) and Yap.

Either way, it's not "official" US territory.
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« Reply #26 on: August 21, 2011, 01:08:56 PM »

If there is anyway we can help folks out, please let us know. It is very challenging to run a CAP squadron overseas, the high rotation of personnel, restriction to Cadet Squadron status, etc. Fortunately, here at Yokota we have alot of folks who are active in the Medical side, and the USAF Search and Rescue side, so we are doing exercises at military locations for search and rescue, using AeroClub aircraft for flying training, etc. It is alot different than my years in Misawa, where we did not have these resources.

I've started a thread for Yokota CAP history inquiries, so I can put that on our unit's web site. If you have any Yokota CAP history, photos, data, please toss in your data, it woudl be greatly appreciated!

I'm also trying to get POC information on any CAP members in the Asian threater, so units/people can find each other.

We would also like to consider the possibility of hosting a CAP function for those stationed in the Asian/Far Pacific/Indian Ocean theater next year...so if anyone has info, or ideas, please let me know!

v/r,



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« Reply #27 on: August 21, 2011, 01:48:40 PM »

Tell Irish that Randy Mitchell says "Hey, how's it going? ;D ;D"
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« Reply #28 on: August 22, 2011, 08:51:17 PM »

He says "Hi" back,....and says drop him a line at brian.porter@yokota.af.mil

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« Reply #29 on: August 26, 2011, 08:42:34 AM »

Lt. Harris,

Greetings from Europe  NHQ-OS-126     Spangdahlem AB/Germany.

We lost about 3 cadets this summer because of PCS'ing.  Now when schools starts again, we have to do a new recruiting drive to replace these cadets and hopefully getting a few new ones too.

Not easy to have continuity on cadet and senior level with PCS and TDY's going on and parents who have no time to drop the kids off...... etc.
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« Reply #30 on: January 13, 2012, 09:35:29 AM »

Sorry I haven't posted back to this thread, it's been a pretty busy here in Tokyo.

We lost some folks too, but overall we had a net gain, and our numbers are larger than ever. We are very fortunate to have a close working relationship with the Aeroclub here on base, and in fact most of the instructors are in the CAP.

What kind of challenges are you having with local nationals who wish to be patrons and help out? Are you able to work with your German counterparts in the Cadet Exchange Program? Does your base provide you with enough building/supplies for your unit?

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